Drinking baking soda helps to treat autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis

A daily dose of baking soda may help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists say. They have some of the first evidence of how the cheap, over-the-counter antacid can encourage our spleen to promote instead an anti-inflammatory environment that could be therapeutic in the face of inflammatory disease, Medical College … Read more

Rheumatoid arthritis may be triggered by bacteria in milk

A strain of bacteria commonly found in milk and beef may be a trigger for developing rheumatoid arthritis in people who are genetically at risk, revealed by a team of UCF College of Medicine researchers. They discovered a link between rheumatoid arthritis and Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, known as MAP, a bacteria found in about … Read more

Vitamin B lowers effects of air pollution induced heart disease

B vitamins can mitigate the impact of fine particle pollution on cardiovascular disease, revealed by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Healthy non-smokers who took vitamin B supplements nearly reversed any negative effects on their cardiovascular and immune systems. This is the first clinical trial to evaluate whether B vitamin supplements change … Read more

Yoga & aquatic exercise help multiple sclerosis patients

Exercise can have a positive influence on certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis: Patients who do yoga and aquatic exercise suffer less from fatigue, depression and paresthesia, as reported by researchers from the University of Basel and the Psychiatric University Clinics Basel in a joint study with colleagues in Iran. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic … Read more

Antibiotics may have adverse impact on immune system of children

Scientists want to know whether taking antibiotics early in life can disrupt your immune system function lifelong. Regardless of our age, antibiotics at least temporarily wipe out many of the good gut bacteria, or microbiota, that help us digest and use food and eliminate waste. That may be particularly problematic for children because, up to … Read more

Food-based vitamin D during pregnancy reduces allergies in children

Higher intake of foods containing vitamin D during pregnancy was associated with reduced risk of development of allergies in children, according to researchers. But, this is not supplemental vitamin D intake. The research team conducted a prospective study of 1,248 mothers and their children in the United States over time, from the first trimester of … Read more

Zinc supplements boost immunity in older adults

The immune system weakens as the body ages, making older adults more susceptible to infections. Low levels of zinc impair immunity, particularly in older adults. A research team set out to determine if it was feasible to increase serum zinc concentrations in older adults in nursing homes who were zinc-deficient. “Our previous work showed that … Read more

A new antibody therapy shows promise in suppressing HIV infection

In first human study, new antibody therapy shows promise in suppressing HIV infection – In first human study, new antibody therapy shows promise in suppressing HIV infection. The new study, conducted in Michel Nussenzweig’s Laboratory of Molecular Immunology, finds that administration of a potent antibody, called 3BNC117, can catch HIV off guard and reduce viral loads.

New blood test predicts breast cancer risk

New test predicts the risk of non-hereditary breast cancer — A simple blood test is currently in development that could help predict the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer – A simple blood test is currently in development that could help predict the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer, even in the absence of a high-risk BRCA1 gene mutation. This new research is published in the Genome Medicine.

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